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: Open University

7.40 Mussolini with Knickers 8.5 Mechanics: Fourier Series. 8.30 The Yorkshire Woollen Industry. 8.55 Classical Greece: The Theatre. 9.20 Economic Forecasting. 9.45 St Paul's. 10.10 Images of Class. 10.35 Modulation and Noise.
11.0 A Study in Control. 11.25 Haydn's London Symphony. 11.50 Evaluating a Merger. 12.15 Feeding Mechanisms. 12.40 Plant and Animal Breeding. 1.5 The Relief of Pain. 1.30 Oil: From Small Beginnings. 1.55 Handicapped in the Community.

: Saturday Cinema: School for Scoundrels

Ian Carmichael , Janette Scott Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim
Shy, retiring young Henry Palfrey is humiliated by head waiters and bullied by his chief clerk. Just in time he enrols in the College of Lifemanship where one may learn ' The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating ' and ' How to Be One Up '. The result is one of the funniest British comedies of the 50s.
Based on the novels by STEPHEN POTTER Produced by HAL E.CHESTER Directed by ROBERT HAMER
. Films: page 13


Unknown: Ian Carmichael
Unknown: Janette Scott
Unknown: Alastair Sim
Unknown: Henry Palfrey
Unknown: Patricia Moyes
Unknown: Hal E. Chester
Unknown: Stephen Potter
Produced By: Hal E.Chester
Directed By: Robert Hamer
Henry Palfrey: Ian Carmichael
Raymond Delauney: Terry Thomas
Mr S Potter: Alastair Sim
April Smith: Janette Scott
Dunstan: Dennis Price
Dudley: Peter Jones
Gloatbridge: Edward Chapman
Head waiter: John Le Mesurier
Mrs Stringer: Irene Handl
General: Kynaston Reeves
First instructress: Hattie Jacques
Instructor: Hugh Paddick

: Cricket: Fifth Test

The Cornhill Insurance Test Series
' England v Australia from Old Trafford Third day
PETER WEST introduces further coverage.

: Project Manflier

Rear Admiral Nick ' Goodhart is a former test pilot who invented the mirror deck landing-sight for aircraft carriers, held a world gliding record, and introduced the sea jet-foil to the Royal Navy. Six years ago he designed Britain's strangest aeroplane-pedalled by two men, and with a wing span equal to that of a jumbo jet. Mike Debens joined the family and friends who set out to build the prototype at a secret air-base. But not only did the pioneers have to rectify endless technical breakdowns, they found themselves on a collision course with NATO.


Unknown: Mike Debens
Editor: Barrie Johnston
Producer: John Frost

: News and Sport


: Spirit of Asia

A series of eight programmes
Narrated by David Attenborough 6: Artists in Exile
In the south of France, on the banks of the picturesque river Lot, an old army camp has been transformed into a Vietnamese village. For 25 years it has provided a home for refugees, and it is unique in having preserved an extraordinary cult of spirit possession which can no longer be found even in Vietnam.
Among the old ladies of the cult are a select few who have been chosen as mediums, and in ceremonies which last many hours they rapidly enter a trance, dancing before the shrines in the robes of the spirits which possess them.
Film editor TONY HEAVEN
Produced by MICHAEL MACINTYRE Book (same title), 115.50, from bookshops


Unknown: David Attenborough
Produced By: Michael MacIntyre

: Yours Sincerely

Robert Erskine presents three programmes in which everyday life in classical times is re-created from letters of the period. 2: A Roman Gentleman
' At the recent election some of the voting-papers turned out to have jokes and obscenities scribbled on them! '
A reflection on the changing times from the letters of Pliny the Younger, a lawyer and senator in Rome around 100 AD. He deliberately published his letters much as prominent people do today, and from them a picture emerges of every aspect of Roman upper-class life; his legal activities, literary tastes and his opinions of his servants, wife, houses, the Emperor and the Senate.
Written and presented by ROBERT ERSKINE
Studio lighting HENRY BARBER Studio sound JOHN HARTSHORN Designer BRYAN ELLIS


Unknown: Robert Erskine
Presented By: Robert Erskine
Unknown: Henry Barber
Unknown: John Hartshorn
Designer: Bryan Ellis
Director: Brian Morgan
Producer: Tony Tyley
Pliny: Hugh Dickson
TacitUS: Cyril Luckham
Gallus: Donald Pickering
Calpurnia: Jenifer Landor
Zosimus: Valentine Dyall

: Newsnight in Turkey

This year Turkey is celebrating the centenary of the birth of its founder, Kemal Ataturk. The country is also under military rule following a coup last September. Tonight David Lomax presents -a selection of film reports first broadcast on BBC2's Newsnight.
The programme looks at the cult which has grown up around Ataturk's name - and investigates allegations of human rights violations under military rule. There's also a report on the danger of a major tanker disaster threatening the historic city of Istanbul...
And an extraordinary medical discovery in the spec- , tacular tourist region of Cappadocia. /


Unknown: Kemal Ataturk.
Unknown: David Lomax
Producer: Peter Bell
Editor: George Carey

: Cricket: Fifth Test

The Cornhill Insurance Test Series
England v Australia from Old Trafford Third day
RICHIE BENAUD introduces highlights of the day's play.


Introduces: Richie Benaud
Producer: Nick Hunter

: News on 2


: Horror Double Bill

The Curse of the Cat People
Starring Simone Simon , Kent Smith Jane Randolph, Ann Carter
This lurid title, imposed on producer Val Lewton by the studio, masks a rare and unique ghost story using characters from the earlier Cat People. Draughtsman Oliver Reed is disturbed because his seven-year-old daughter, Amy, lives in a dream world of her own. The child 'invents' a secret companion who appears to be Oliver's first wife, Irena. But is Irena merely a figment of Amy's imagination...?
Screenplay by DEWITT BODEEN Produced by VAL LEWTON
. Films: page 13 and at 11.40
Eye of the Cat
Starring Michael Sarrazin, Gayle Hunnicutt, Eleanor Parker
This nightmarish tale centres on a young San Francisco drop-out with a phobia about cats. He also has a rich invalid aunt and becomes the unwilling accomplice in a bizarre plot to murder her - unaware that the lady has a houseful of felines!


Unknown: Simone Simon
Unknown: Kent Smith
Unknown: Jane Randolph
Unknown: Ann Carter
Unknown: Val Lewton
Unknown: Oliver Reed
Play By: Dewitt Bodeen
Produced By: Val Lewton
Directed By: Gunther von Fritsch
Unknown: Michael Sarrazin
Unknown: Gayle Hunnicutt
Unknown: Eleanor Parker
Unknown: Joseph Stefano
Produced By: Bernard Schwartz
Produced By: Phillip Hazelton
Directed By: David Lowell
Irena: Simone Simon
Oliver Reed: Kent Smith
Alice Reed: Jane Randolph
Amy: Ann Carter
Barbara: Elizabeth Russell
Julia Farren: Julia Dean
Miss Callahan: Eve March
Captain of Guard: Erford Gage
Edward: Sir Lancelot
Donald: Joel Davis
Lois: Juanita Alvarez
Jack: Charley Bates
Wylie: Michael Sarrazin
Kassia: Gayle Hunnicutt
Aunt Danny: Eleanor Parker
Luke: Tim Henry
Dr Mills: Laurence Naismith
Poor Dear: Jennifer Leak
Bendetto: Linden Chiles
Bellemondo: Mark Herron
Socialite: Annabelle Garth

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